First Acupuncture Visit
Initial visits generally last from 45 to 60 minutes. Your acupuncturist will take a detailed health history, perform a physical exam, and provide you with your unique treatment plan.
During your first exam, your acupuncturist will spend time getting to know you and your health concerns. You may be asked a wide range of questions about your symptoms, eating, exercise, sleep habits, emotional states and anything that may offer insight into your health.
Your practitioner will also employ diagnostic tools that are unique to acupuncture and TCM such as tongue and pulse diagnosis.
As part of your initial intake our acupuncturist will also use cutting edge technology to help him diagnose and treat the ROOT cause of your condition by using a tool called AcuGraph.
The AcuGraph Digital Meridian Imaging system is a computerized tool used to analyze and document the energetic status of your acupuncture meridians. These acupuncture meridians are the root source of your pain and have been used therapeutically for over 5000 years. These meridians are the pathway for your Qi (Chee) and any blockage in these pathways will cause pain and discomfort. Our Acugraph system allows your provider to measure and analyze the energy balance of each of your meridians.
Armed with this information, your provider can make better-informed decisions about your condition, and provide the best treatment possible. We are one of the only Acupuncture centers in the area using this cutting edge technology.
Your Treatment Plan
Once your acupuncturist has gathered enough information, you’ll receive a comprehensive diagnosis and a treatment plan that will explain:
- Your underlying imbalances
- Your time line of care
- What types of treatment you will receive
Getting the most out of treatment
For the best treatment results, keep a few things in mind:
- Please show up on time
- Eat a small meal before your visit
- Wear loose, comfortable clothes
- Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns with your acupuncturist
- Refrain from overexertion, drugs or alcohol for at least six hours after treatment
- Follow your treatment plan between visits
- Keep all of your appointments, as each visit builds upon the previous ones
How treatment works
We address the ROOT CAUSE of your pain. You may be frustrated that you’re not getting RELIEF of your pain, and because of this, you may feel the only treatments offered are to cover up the symptoms. Our process is different. We know how to detect the REASON you have pain, and we tailor your treatment plan to finally eliminate the real cause. The result is your pain is finally under control forever.
Your role in the healing process
Your actions are a key component of your treatment plan. Focusing on your health and committing to a healthy lifestyle are the best steps you can take for your well-being. Together, you and your acupuncturist can heal your body naturally and help you achieve your goals. Even after your symptoms are resolved, acupuncture can assist you in maintaining your health, and possibly prevent future imbalances. The more you incorporate acupuncture and TCM into your life, the more you’ll learn to nurture your body, mind and spirit.
Acupuncture is not an instant fix.
True healing takes time and dedication. Depending on your current health and symptoms, you could feel better right away, or you may need treatments for weeks or a couple months to achieve the results you want. Your acupuncturist can give you an idea of what to expect. With a little patience and an open mind, you’ll be on your way to health and vitality. Acupuncture and TCM offer a safe and effective holistic health care system. This natural approach can both resolve symptoms and enhance your overall health. By taking the right steps and planting the seeds of health, you are on the road to a healthier you!